Published October 23, 2015
Houston Texans owner Bob McNair is rescinding a $10,000 donation to opponents of a city nondiscrimination ordinance protects gay rights because he says the campaign made "unauthorized statements" about his beliefs.
McNair on Friday asked the Campaign for Houston to return his money before the Nov. 3 vote. He is a major Republican donor whose benefactors include top conservatives hoping to repeal the 2014 measure.
The ordnance extends nondiscrimination protections to gay and transgender residents.
In a statement, McNair said he had "great dismay" over comments the group made about his opposition but did not elaborate. McNair says he doesn't tolerate discrimination.
A Campaign for Houston spokesman says he doesn't know what the NFL owner is referencing but says the donation would be returned.
McNair's initial donation sparked local controversy in recent days, with former NFL punter Chris Kluwe publishing a heated, personal letter online calling out the Texans owner.
Houston hosts the 2017 Super Bowl.